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    The Norwegian mountain code has been updated

    The Norwegian mountain code was established after many 18 people perished in the mountains during the easter of 1967. It's a set simple rules to follow
    when in the hills doing whatever people do up there.

    The code is short and to the point, to make it easy to rememember.

    It was updated today and here it is:

    1. Plan your trip, and inform someone about your planned route.

    2. Adjust your plans to your own physical shape, and the conditions at hand

    3. Mind the weather and avalanche warnings

    4. Be prepared for bad and cold weather even on short trips.

    5. Carry the necessary equipment to take care of yourself, as well as others.

    6. Use safe routes, recognize avalanche prone terrain, and unsafe ice.

    7. Use your map and compass. Always know where you are.

    8. Turn back in time, there is no shame in returning before you plan to.

    9. Save your strength, seek shelter if you have to.
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    Clear and to the point, not everyone will get the point though

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    Nope but this will act as a solid "told ya so!" to those that survive....
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    Very true

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    What a simple yet comprehensive set of rules.

    Do you think we should petition the British Government requesting that we borrow these rules from Norway with a view to issuing them to folks that sometimes appear on Brit Cops or similar?

    For those of you from lands afar and those of you who don't channel hop, Brit Cops often features groups of rather drunk folk who cannot, talk, hold their bladders or all three!

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    I like it - solid guidelines, especially number 8. Better to "wuss out" then end up in a real tricky situation that is potentially life-threatening. Only an ego-stuffed maniac would continue down the road to destruction.
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    There is also an unofficial 10th rule...YOU are responsible for your own decissions out there.
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    1 and 2 are tricky.

    1. Plan your trip, and inform someone about your planned route.

    2. Adjust your plans to your own physical shape, and the conditions at hand


    This could lead to people correctly giving their plan to someone, then because of a whole range of reasons, the rescuers are stumped because the walker has changed their plans mid-way through the trip and varied their route, timings or even done something different.

    Could cause a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheddarMan View Post
    1 and 2 are tricky.

    1. Plan your trip, and inform someone about your planned route.

    2. Adjust your plans to your own physical shape, and the conditions at hand


    This could lead to people correctly giving their plan to someone, then because of a whole range of reasons, the rescuers are stumped because the walker has changed their plans mid-way through the trip and varied their route, timings or even done something different.

    Could cause a problem.
    It could. But in most cases people will stick with their plans if they can. This was also part of the old mountain code, which we have learned from we were kids, and repeated every season to the point of boredom. So it is pretty much routine here.

    Number two is worse, as so many people have such an inflated view of themselves and their capabillities. But the point is there to make people reflect on these things in their planning.

    If you look ate the whole code, you will see that they go through initial planning in number 1, reflection of own capabillities in 2, number 3 goes to actual execution of the trip, i.e check the weather before you leave. carry the right kit in number 4 and 5, adjust your route if necessary du to dangers you encounter en route in number 6, navigation in number 7, Change your plan in number 8, and seek shelter if the manure starts to levitate in number 9....

    And then there is always the unwritten rule....You are responsible for your own actions.
    Victory awaits the one, that has everything in order - luck we call it
    Defeat is an absolute consequense for the one that have neglected to do the necessary preparations - bad luck we call it
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